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how many hours does a nurse work fore?

Is it hard to be a nurse or a type of nurse?

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Patti’s Answer

For full-time nursing it is usually 36/hours at the hospital, made up of 3 12-hour shifts. At clinics it is the usual 40 hours. But there are a lot of part-time and "as needed or PRN" nurse jobs in which you can have more varied hours, from 8-12/week, to as much as you want.

Yes, nursing is hard. It is not an easy job. If you are looking for easy, do not choose nursing. But it's doable and can be fun somedays and rewarding as well.
I don't know if any specialty of nursing is really harder than the next. It depends on what's difficult or easy for you personally. Some nurses don't like pediatrics because that's too "hard" for them. Others find the ER "hard" and like working in a clinic better.

Most nurses are paid highest based on years of experience, not the specialty they work in.
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Tyghe’s Answer

It depends on what kind of nurse you want to be. A nurse in a doctor's office is probably likely to work a more typical 9-5 M-F schedule. Nurses working at hospitals are more likely to work three twelve hour shifts each week. My suggestion would be to use LinkedIn to find someone who does the kind of nursing you're interested in, and ask them your question about hours and others about their job.

Whether or not it is hard to be a nurse again depends on the kind of nursing you are doing. I have worked with nurses in critical care settings (ICUs, mostly), and it is difficult work, but is also very rewarding. There is a high amount of burnout in that type of nursing as well. But it also generally pays the most.
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Shannon’s Answer

Nursing is hard and it's challenging but it is rewarding. In the acute care setting, like a hospital most bed-side or "frontline" nurses work 3 12 hour shifts/week and are considered full time. Other positions are 40hrs/week. Some positions require the nurse to be on-call evenings or weekends for emergencies. My current role, I work 1 12 hour shift and 3 10 hour shifts. My 12 hour shift is a charge RN shift and the other 3 days are supposed to be office days, however with staffing shortages I end up helping on the unit more than I'm in the office. There are so many different kinds of nursing, from bedside to quality to infection prevention to risk management even IT/informatics. A nursing license can open so many doors for career opportunities.
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Jami’s Answer

As a nurse, there are different shifts available and different schedules available. Depending on the shift and the schedule you get hired for, that will depend how many hours you work. A typical nursing shift can be 8 hrs, 10 hrs, or 12 hrs, unless you work doubles, then it would be 16 hrs usually. I work 8 hrs shifts twice a week, but I have friends who work 12hrs shifts 3 times a week. You can work any number of schedules. That is the great thing about nursing is that there are different scheduling opportunities. You have to pick what works for you.
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